Junior Collin Barber has pulled ahead of walk-on Adam Erickson for the punting job.
‚ÄúCollin‚Äôs the No. 1 guy right now, but they‚Äôre still competing in my mind,‚Äù coach Mark Richt said. ‚ÄúThey‚Äôre both competing for that job.‚Äù
Erickson, from Clarke Central, overtook Barber for the job towards the end of last season. Richt indicated that Erickson is likely to remain the pooch punter on kicks pinning opponents inside the 10.
Barber read Richt‚Äôs comments before practice on Thursday.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm very grateful for that and whoever gets the job gets the job,‚Äù Barber said. ‚ÄúI feel like I‚Äôve done a good job.‚Äù
‚ÄúBoth of them have punted well,‚Äù Richt said of the punting competition. ‚ÄúWhen Collin hits his best ball, we‚Äôre talking 45 to 50 yards with some 5.0 hang times. He can really boom it. Erickson when he hits his best best ball, he‚Äôs more like a 45-yarder, 40 to 45 with 4.5 hang time. Those hang times as they correlate to the yardage that their kicking them is good. We can cover those kicks.‚Äù